» 07/02/2012, 00.00
Singh and Gandhi among Assam's flood victims as the rest of India runs dry
A million people are left homeless, 77 are killed and six are missing. Some 2,000 villages have been affected across the state. Monsoons are late in 83 per cent of the country. Government plans a US$ 75 million plan to forecast monsoons.
(AsiaNews/Agencies) - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi,
president of the ruling Congress party, are in Assam today, visiting areas
where monsoon rains have left almost a million people homeless. At least 77
people have died from landslides. Another six are missing. Overall, some 2,000
villages in 27 of the northeastern state's districts are said to be under water.
prime minister announced a subsidy of 100,000 rupees (US$ 1,800) per victim. The
Defence Ministry is providing the full assistance of the army in the rescue
the people of Assam are going through what many say is the worst flood since
1998, the rest of India is dry, with serious consequences for agriculture.
with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the rains should hit northern
states at the end of this week, later than the 29 June forecast given as the
start of the monsoon season. Compared to last year, 83 per cent of the country
saw an average 31 per cent drop in rain.
seasonal monsoons, which were the exception but are now almost the rule, have
raised concerns in a country where 235 million people are farmers. For this
reason, the authorities have launched a US$ 75 million plan to study and
forecast with greater accuracy the arrival of monsoons.
plan includes the use of computer models developed by the UK and the US.
the monsoon will be a major priority of the government for the next five
years," said Shailesh Nayak, a senior official in the ministry of earth
Assam: ULFA militants kill again
Members of the United Liberation Front of Assam kill Rohini Gogoi, a teacher in a Hindi-language school. The group has been fighting for an independent Assam since 1979. In the last few months it has killed more than 70 Hindi-speaking migrants.
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For Bishop Menamparampil, vandalism against Catholic cathedral in Assam has hurt and raised concerns among Christians
The cathedral is in Bongaigaon. Diocesan authorities have called for calm and organised a prayer vigil for peace and harmony. The pyx was stolen, and the tabernacle broken. For Sajan K George, the "robbery is a way to offend [Christian] religious feelings”.
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Republic Day in India: separatists detonate nine bombs in Assam and Manipur
The bombs claimed by the United Liberation Front of Assam - Independent, which is fighting for the independence of the states of the Northeast. There were no casualties or damage, but the explosion could have caused a massacre. In Assam, a bomb detonated shortly after the passage of children.
Hundreds of people in India's streets for the 'Iron Lady of Manipur' who is in her 15th year of hunger strike
Irom Sharmila has been fasting against martial law in the State of Manipur, which gives special powers (including full legal immunity) to members of the armed forces. This has led to human rights violations. Force-fed with a tube, the activist remains under arrest for "attempted suicide".
Fresh wave of terrorism kills eight people in last five days in Assam
Latest victim dies in market bomb attack. For police responsibility lays with secessionist United Liberation Front of Assam.
Syrian Trappist nuns say Western powers and factional media fuel war propaganda
In a written appeal, the religious systematically take apart the version of the conflict touted by governments, NGOs and international news organizations. In Ghouta east, jihadists attack the capital and use civilians as human shields. The Syrian government and people have a duty to defend themselves from external attacks. The conflict alone has undermined the coexistence between Christians and Muslims in the country.
Xinjiang, crosses, domes, statues destroyed: the new 'Sinicized' Cultural Revolution
Crosses removed from the domes and the tympanum of Yining Church as well as external decorations and crosses, and the Way of the Cross within the church. The same happened at the churches of Manas and Hutubi. The Cross represents "a foreign religious infiltration ". Prayer services forbidden even in private houses under the threat of arrests and re-education. Children and young people forbidden to enter churches. Religious revival frightens the Party.
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